Dear friends in Fallbrook,
“What are you giving up for Lent?”
If you’re even remotely acquainted with Christianity you know that’s a common question this time of year. Many Christians around the world use the weeks leading up to Easter as a time of reflection and sacrifice, and millions of Christians find value in the practice of making a sacrifice during Lent.
Lent is known as a time of repentance, but repentance is a tricky word — especially in a world of moral conflict and confusion. The word calls to mind weeping and perhaps even groveling. But, in fact, the word “repent” means a “turning around,” and a “change of mind.” Lent is a time to rethink things.
This year at St. Stephen Lutheran we’re using the time of Lent to rethink some of our deepest held assumptions about life, purpose, love, suffering, justice, and power. In the process we may discover that God is calling us not to give up things like chocolate, alcohol, and red meat, but to give up a false or misguided way of seeing life.
We look forward to this period of reflection because we are convinced that in Jesus Christ this kind of evaluation is both safe and beneficial. If we let go of anything we have the promise that what we’ll grasp in exchange is infinitely better.
I hope you’ll consider joining us for one or more of these Sunday services. I’ve provided an outline of our Lenten schedule below. Even if you can’t attend in person, please be sure to subscribe to The Sunday Sermon podcast on your phone or tablet.
Serving in Christ,
The season of Lent is a season to repent—which might not mean what you think it does. Many associate “repentance” with “giving something up,” but the word “repent” really means “have a change of mind.” This Lent, God will lead us to rethink our views on some important topics. Jesus Christ turns our every assumption about God upside down. Lent is our time to rethink religion.
- Rethink Purpose
February 14 at 6:30pm
In Christ we find purpose that surpasses possessions.
- Rethink Love
February 18 at 9:30am
In Christ we grasp love that gives more than takes.
- Rethink Justice
February 25 at 9:30am
Jesus Christ has used an ultimate injustice for our eternal good.
- Rethink Suffering
March 4 at 9:30am
In Christ we find the value of self-denial over self-fulfillment.
- Rethink Faith
March 11 at 9:30am
In Christ we find the foundation for faith.
- Rethink Prayer
March 18 at 9:30am
In Christ we find satisfying prayer.
- Rethink Power
March 25 at 9:30am
In Jesus we find true strength demonstrated in surrender.